Advertisement
YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollectionsJapanese Red Army
IN THE NEWS

Japanese Red Army

FEATURED ARTICLES
NEWS
February 19, 1997 | Times Wire Services
Lebanon announced Tuesday that it arrested up to six members of the Japanese Red Army, a militant group that carried out high-profile hijackings and attacks in the 1970s. The six suspects were hiding out in eastern Lebanon's Bekaa Valley. Among those arrested was Kozo Okamoto, 49, one of three Red Army members who allegedly carried out a May 1972 grenade and machine-gun attack on Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport, according to news reports from Lebanon and Japan. The attack killed 26 people.
ARTICLES BY DATE
WORLD
February 23, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
A Tokyo court convicted and sentenced a founder of the Japanese Red Army terrorist group to 20 years in prison for kidnapping and attempted murder in a 1974 attack on the French Embassy in The Hague, court officials said. The Tokyo District Court found Fusako Shigenobu, 60, guilty of kidnapping and confinement, as well as attempted murder, in the 1974 case. Shigenobu was arrested in western Japan in November 2000 after more than 25 years on the run, most of it in the Middle East.
Advertisement
NEWS
July 23, 1988 | KARL SCHOENBERGER, Times Staff Writer
After lying low for a decade, the Japanese Red Army shows signs of springing back to life, unnerving law enforcement officials who recall the organization's desperate acts of violence in the 1970s. Expatriate members of the group slaughtered 26 people with machine guns and grenades at Tel Aviv's Lod Airport 16 years ago and hijacked several airliners before leaving the international stage in 1977.
NEWS
June 1, 2001 | MARK MAGNIER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On Mei Shigenobu's eighth birthday, her mother revealed a closely guarded secret: Everyone living in their house was a member of the Japanese Red Army terrorist group. "I've known that since I was 3 or 4," she told her mother, a woman on Japan's most-wanted list. "But you seemed to want to keep it a secret, so I pretended not to know."
NEWS
May 3, 1988
An accused Japanese Red Army terrorist tried to swallow a "hit list" during his arrest that included South Korean President Roh Tae Woo and former President Chun Doo Hwan, Japan's Kyodo News Service reported. The news agency, quoting police sources, said Osamu Maruoka, 37, tried to eat the list--but was foiled--when arrested Nov. 21 in Tokyo carrying an airplane ticket to Seoul.
NEWS
January 9, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
A second devotee of the late Japanese Emperor Hirohito has hanged himself, saying he wanted to follow his monarch into the afterlife, police said Sunday. They said 76-year-old former navy midshipman Yoshichi Terunuma hanged himself from a tree in a forest near Katsuta City north of Tokyo on Saturday, soon after Hirohito's death was announced. He left a note saying: "Pardon me for accompanying (you) as a . . . trusted retainer of the great marshal, the emperor."
WORLD
February 23, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
A Tokyo court convicted and sentenced a founder of the Japanese Red Army terrorist group to 20 years in prison for kidnapping and attempted murder in a 1974 attack on the French Embassy in The Hague, court officials said. The Tokyo District Court found Fusako Shigenobu, 60, guilty of kidnapping and confinement, as well as attempted murder, in the 1974 case. Shigenobu was arrested in western Japan in November 2000 after more than 25 years on the run, most of it in the Middle East.
NEWS
June 3, 1988 | DAVID B. OTTAWAY, The Washington Post
U.S. officials suspect that Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi, using the cover of Palestinian and Japanese terrorist groups, is a major instigator of a sudden resurgence in terrorist attacks on American and Western targets in the Middle East and elsewhere. "The general assessment here is that the Libyans are becoming more active," said L. Paul Bremer III, the State Department's chief anti-terrorist expert.
NEWS
June 9, 1988 | MARK FINEMAN, Times Staff Writer
A Philippine official said Wednesday that terrorists of the Japanese Red Army have been secretly building an operating base in Manila that may be used to mount attacks on the Olympic Games in Seoul this summer. Miriam Defensor Santiago, commissioner of immigration and deportation, disclosed the alleged plot after a Japanese national identified as a top Red Army leader, Hiroshi Sensui, was arrested and flown to Japan under heavy guard.
NEWS
April 21, 1988
Attorney William Kunstler and an associate took over the defense of suspected Japanese terrorist Yu Kikumura and said jail officials agreed to remove special restrictions on their client. Kikumura, arrested last week for allegedly transporting pipe bombs and explosives paraphernalia on the New Jersey Turnpike, had been denied access to a telephone, mail delivery, or writing implements, Kunstler associate Ronald Kuby said.
NEWS
November 9, 2000 | MARK MAGNIER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When the end finally came after 28 years on the run, Fusako Shigenobu seemed ready for it. The 55-year-old founder of the notorious Japanese Red Army terrorist group went quietly into custody Wednesday, flashing a thumbs up to reporters and refusing to be intimidated by police. The infamous revolutionary, looking more like a grandmother at her capture than a feared Communist operative, is credited with being one of the architects of a long reign of terror by the radical leftist group.
NEWS
March 19, 2000 | From Associated Press
Four Japanese Red Army members expelled from the Middle East were arrested upon entering Japan on Saturday, and authorities vowed to keep up pressure on an elusive comrade who stayed behind. Police said the four, who had been deported from Lebanon after serving prison terms there, were taken into custody at Tokyo's main international airport less than an hour after they arrived.
NEWS
March 18, 2000 | From Associated Press
Four members of the Japanese Red Army, a shadowy ultra-leftist group accused of terrorist attacks in the 1970s, reportedly were on their way back to Japan on Friday after Lebanon denied them asylum. Lebanon had refused to extradite the three men and a woman to Japan, so it deported them to Jordan. But once in Amman, they were handed over to Japanese diplomats, who took them on a private plane back to Japan, diplomats in the Jordanian capital said.
NEWS
February 19, 1997 | Times Wire Services
Lebanon announced Tuesday that it arrested up to six members of the Japanese Red Army, a militant group that carried out high-profile hijackings and attacks in the 1970s. The six suspects were hiding out in eastern Lebanon's Bekaa Valley. Among those arrested was Kozo Okamoto, 49, one of three Red Army members who allegedly carried out a May 1972 grenade and machine-gun attack on Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport, according to news reports from Lebanon and Japan. The attack killed 26 people.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 1, 1989
All terrorists are tyrants, so lost in the furious red haze of fanaticism that they cannot distinguish between the guilty and the innocent. They are conspirators, not simply against law but against life itself. The world was reminded of this Thursday, when the brilliant West German banker Alfred Herrhausen was murdered by terrorist bombers shortly after leaving his home near Frankfurt.
NEWS
February 8, 1989 | BOB DROGIN, Times Staff Writer
A federal judge sentenced an alleged member of the Japanese Red Army to 30 years in prison Tuesday, saying he was an "international terrorist" who had planned to "kill and injure scores of innocent people" with three homemade bombs. U. S. District Court Judge Alfred J. Lechner Jr. set the sentence after Yu Kikumura, a small man with shoulder-length hair and a long beard, stood in court to denounce the United States for "illegal and immoral acts of state terrorism" against Libya.
NEWS
January 9, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
A second devotee of the late Japanese Emperor Hirohito has hanged himself, saying he wanted to follow his monarch into the afterlife, police said Sunday. They said 76-year-old former navy midshipman Yoshichi Terunuma hanged himself from a tree in a forest near Katsuta City north of Tokyo on Saturday, soon after Hirohito's death was announced. He left a note saying: "Pardon me for accompanying (you) as a . . . trusted retainer of the great marshal, the emperor."
NEWS
November 11, 1988
The Japanese Red Army, a group blamed for an airport massacre and hijackings during the turbulent 1970s, has called on the Japanese to "rise up" and overthrow the 2,600-year-old monarchy after Emperor Hirohito dies. The emperor, 87, has been bedridden since Sept. 19. Authorities in Tokyo confirmed receipt of a statement by the Red Army from a hide-out in the Middle East dated Oct. 1.
Los Angeles Times Articles
|